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5 things we learned from the Visions of Prokofiev trailer

By
Robert Rowat

Deutsche Grammophon has released a trailer for Visions of Prokofiev, the highly anticipated album from violinist Lisa Batiashvili, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, coming out on Feb. 2.

Nézet-Séguin and Batiashvili's previous collaborations have been described as gripping, thrilling and passionate.

The trailer includes interview clips from Nézet-Séguin and Batiashvili, interspersed with footage from the recording sessions. Here are five things we learned from it:

1. Batiashvili is Nézet-Séguin's favourite violinist

The video opens with Nézet-Séguin saying, "Lisa is my favourite violinist." After seeing her perform on TV, he was impressed with "the depth of the music and the beauty of the sound." While the two have performed extensively together in recent years, this is their first joint concerto recording project.

2. Batiashvili supports European unity

"During the recording sessions, I kept thinking what an amazing group of people I'm standing in front of," says Batiashvili in praise of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which she views as an emblem of European unity. "They are becoming more and more important for us to understand why Europe has to be together."

3. The album explores the 'characters' in Prokofiev's Violin Concertos

"I think in Prokofiev what is really important is ... the depiction of very identifiable characters," reflects Nézet-Séguin, explaining the album's juxtaposition of Prokofiev's two Violin Concertos with selections from his ballet scores. "It helped us, recording the concertos, having in mind this balletic quality."

4. Working with Nézet-Séguin goes 'beyond words'

Everyone loves working with Nézet-Séguin, and Batiashvili tries to explain why: "For me, what's really amazing about working with Yannick is, there's something that goes beyond words," she says. "Musically, things happen that actually take you further than where you are. And when I feel uplifted by the music that I make with the people around me, then I understand, actually, why I make music."

5. Nézet-Séguin is inventing words now

Nézet-Séguin always expresses himself well in English, so when he said, "to understand the heart and the tenderness and the inventivity," we had to look it up. While inventivity is not officially a word yet, we do like it and think it might take off.

Watch the trailer, below:

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